Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells played through several injuries in 2011 and showed a level of toughness he had not done previously. He had offseason knee surgery and has not practiced yet in any offseason team activities. This was always the plan, as the team has said, so not to rush him back.
The team pushed him to play a year ago, and while he had a solid year, he was not nearly as effective as his healthy games.
After the team's mandatory minicamp came to a close, though, head coach Ken Whisenhunt had some stern words for Wells, in whom the team is putting a lot of trust to be ready for the season. This is what Whiz said, as noted by Republic writer Kent Somers.
"He's got to work himself back into being ready. We've done the right thing with Beanie, as far as the off-season. He's got to bust his tail over the next few weeks to be ready for training camp because we've had some guys look good there."
Here is what he was saying:
1. We have trusted Beanie and let him rest because we worked him and pushed him during the season when he was really hurt.
2. Now he has to deliver on his end of the bargain and be ready to work in training camp.
3. He is expendable now. Ryan Williams is recovering, LSH has looked good and so has undrafted back Javarris James. If Beanie isn't ready, he won't make the team.
Do you see the message as being any different than this?
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